Baltimore, MD (September 14, 2016) – The ETC (Emerging Technology Centers), Baltimore City’s award-winning technology and innovation centers has officially accepted 14 “founders” and their business ideas into its first ever pre-accelerator program, Pioneer Baltimore. ETC received over 30 applications for this 8 week boot camp and hopes to help future founders move their idea forward and give them the tools to help build their idea into a real business.
In August 2016, ETC announced their newest program, Pioneer Baltimore. During the program over the course of 8 weeks, ETC will bring together mentorship and programming focusing on key business issues; minimum viable product development, customer development and basic business building blocks. The program is held once a week in the evenings giving full-time working professionals the chance to work on turning their ideas into businesses.
The ETC selected a sampling from its current companies and graduates to mentor the Pioneers. These mentors include:
- Anne Balduzzi, Founder of SameGrain
- John Davis, CEO of Notice & Comment
- Dan Schepleng, CEO of Kapowza
- Phil DiMuro, CEO of Loople
- Dave Phelan, CMO of Loople
- Scott Winn, CEO of RAKKOON
- Mike Spotten, of Kinglet
- Graham Dodge, CEO of SickWeather
- Lida Zlatic, CEO of ClassTracks
- Michelle Zwernemann, Product Manager at IBT
“The goal of Pioneer Baltimore is for these professionals to take time to focus on their business concepts, and ETC hopes they are able to move these concepts forward as they gain the full understanding of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur, have an idea, be passionate about it and turn it into a business, “ said Deb Tillett, President ETC
At the end of this program, the ETC hopes participants will have established a clear vision for how to move their startup idea forward, by incorporating their business, having created a classic “pitch deck” to concisely share their idea with future collaborators, partners and/or investors, and potentially be ready to apply for ETC’s accelerator program, Accelerate Baltimore, for the opportunity to raise seed funding.
About ETC: www.etcbaltimore.com
The ETC, a venture of the Baltimore Development Corporation, is a 501(c) (3) technology and innovation center focused on growing early-stage companies. The ETC provides four programs for entrepreneurs: a tech focused incubator, Incubate Baltimore, a seed accelerator program, Accelerate Baltimore, a coworking space open to innovative individuals and teams, Beehive Baltimore and now their newest pre-accelerator program, Pioneer Baltimore. The ETC promotes economic development, providing business, technical, and networking connections to help these companies grow. Since 1999, the ETC has provided assistance to over 350 companies, 85% of which are still in business, creating more than 2,500 jobs and raising more than $2.2 Billion in outside funding.